A Father’s Heartbeat

Skin to skin carrying is one of the best gifts a baby can be given. Skin to skin contact helps them regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing rates[1]. It produces oxytocin in both the caregiver and the baby calming both of them, and the beauty of skin to skin is that Dads can do it too[2]. This is not only fabulous for bonding, but also for occasions where mum may need further support or medical treatment.

Cuddling up under Sekai Quicksilver

Skin to skin from a father is so reassuring – whilst they may have only met moments ago, the warm embrace, the sound of his heart beating close and his familiar voice, reassures the baby that right here – they’re safe, they’re protected, it’s a beautiful home from home.

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Review: Sono Athena

We asked our model, Jenna, to give us her thoughts on our organic combed cotton, Sea Island Cotton & wild silk blend: Sono Athena.

Jenna wearing our Sono Athena Baby Wrap

Introducing the newest addition to the boutique family!

This 53% organic combed cotton, 25% Sea Island Cotton, 11% wild silk, 11% cotton blend is the perfect combination of strength and softness.

Classic Oscha organic combed cotton acts as the perfect base for this new blend. It provides strength and structure without adding bulk. Making for a beautifully fluid carry every time.

Sea Island Cotton is a truly magical fibre. It has a luxurious feel against the skin and is extremely breathable, making it wonderful for warmer weather. It also brings an element of cushioning without compromising support.

The touch of wild silk gives just enough grip and strength to keep passes nicely in place without feeling rough on picky shoulders.

Another beautiful blend that will not disappoint for all ages and wrapping abilities.

Sono Athena Baby Wrap

Scottish Baby Boxes: How to use my new baby wrap?

We were so delighted when we heard the announcement that the Scottish Government were going to introduce baby boxes for all babies born in Scotland, based on a Finnish Project that’s been running since 1938. I remember researching the Finnish boxes[1] when I was pregnant with my children, thinking they were such a great idea and wishing we had similar here – and now we do!

The boxes contain over 40 different items that the government considers essential for new babies and for parents, and the box itself can be used with the mattress and sheets inside it to become a safe clean sleeping area for the baby.

Scottish Baby Box Announcement, courtesy of the Scottish Government

Whilst it’s a wonderful gesture to receive new items for your baby – the reason for the box and gifts goes much deeper than a simple gesture, as the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said “It’s a simple idea with a proven record in tackling deprivation, improving health and supporting parents”[2] All babies will now have a guaranteed safe sleeping area, clean clothes and basic essentials.

Imagine then the joy at Oscha HQ when we discovered that a baby carrier was going to be included too.

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Review: Matrix Meala

This organic combed cotton, merino wool and silk blend’s wrapping qualities are put through their paces as Jessalea tests out our Matrix Meala with her 3-year-old daughter.

Name: Matrix Meala
Blend: 57% organic combed cotton, 21% merino wool, 22% silk
(Organic Combed Cotton Warp/Wool & Silk Weft)
Soft touch finished
GSM: 256 gsm
Width: 68cm wide
24 wraps, 8 ring slings, 4 shawls and 8 scarfs have been made.
Dual hem (one hem is sewn each direction)
Wrapee age: 3 years, 3 months
Wrapee size: Approx 38lbs, 35″ tall

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The Portobello Collection

We look to the British seaside for the sugared tones of our new Portobello Collection: sun, sea & sand are the inspiration for this nostalgic nod to the staycations of our childhoods. The fresh pastel colours of candyfloss, ice lollies & timeless British beach huts combine with airy weaves and specially selected summer yarns, making the Portobello Collection a perfect choice this summer.

There is nothing more reminiscent of British summertime than sandy sandwiches eaten next to pastel toned beach huts and faded fishing boats. This Collection is named after our local beach Portobello; a suburb of the Scottish capital famous for its Georgian & Victorian architecture, as well as its long sandy beaches and wonderfully faded aesthetic.

Any sunny summer day will see hundreds of people flock from the city and surrounding areas to make the most of the weather by paddling in the freezing waters, munching on candyfloss and 99s and maybe having a fish supper by the shore.

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The Middle Earth Collection: OakenshieldTM

Our Middle Earth Collection wouldn’t be complete without a design dedicated to the great miners and craftsmen of the world of Tolkien: the Dwarves. Practical, skilled & proud warriors, the Dwarves immense architectural feats and forging skills, which were said to rival those of the Elves, are legendary.

 

This strong, new pattern is named Oakenshield, after the heirs to the title “King Under the Mountain” – a hereditary title conveyed on the Dwarf ruler who resides in the Lonely Mountain.

Thorin Oakenshield, in The HobbitTM, is the sole heir to this title. His grandfather Thrór was the ruler who lost the mountain dwelling, and the wealth within it, to Smaug in TA2770. Defeated, Thrór passed the title & the last of the Seven Dwarven Rings to his son: Thráin II, father of Thorin. Living a life of exile with his father, Thorin cultivated an unwavering sense of purpose which would eventually drive his quest to retake his family seat from the ferocious dragon, bringing Bilbo Baggins (and all of us) along with him for the adventure.

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The Middle Earth Collection: RohanTM

For this new addition to our Middle Earth Collection we travel south from the Misty Mountains to the great vale and the Kingdom of Rohan. The home of the RohirrimTM, the horse lords.

Inspiration

When considering a Rohan design, we wished to depict the culture and iconography of the Rohirrim, as described in The Lord of the Rings – A proud people with a strong monarchy, known for their skilled cavalry and horse training.

“I have been among them,” [said] Aragorn. “They are proud and wilful, but they are true-hearted, generous in thought and deed.” 

The design took inspiration from tapestries, depicting historical tales, which were said to line the halls of Meduseld (the Hall of the King of Rohan), as well as descriptions of the banner of Rohan and Théoden’s shield:

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Travelling with Kids: Which Carrier to Take?

The summer is fast approaching and our thoughts are turning to family holidays – whether you’re travelling abroad or staycation-ing, heading off to seek the sun or venturing somewhere cooler, the question of which carrier to take is always at the forefront of our minds! We have gathered together some tips from the team here at Oscha to help you decide what to take.

Slings are a great option for travelling families, making it easy to navigate busy airports & unfamiliar streets while making sure you see all the sights along with your little ones. With buggies a pain to take on trains and planes and not allowed at all at some attractions, a sling can be great for families who want to travel with their kids.
Wraps, ring slings and carriers all have their benefits, each can be more suited to certain types of activities, trips & climates: here is a run down of the pros and cons of each carrier type to help you choose which Oscha to pack for your holidays …

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Sharing the Joy of Babywearing: What is a Sling Library?

Oscha’s Sling Libraries and Consultant Scheme helps 100s of libraries around the world; offering discounts on slings to hire out and free promotional materials to spread the word about the benefits of babycarrying in their community. Cathy, general manager here at Oscha HQ, takes a look a what a Sling Library is and what they can offer parents.

Image courtesy of Close and Calm, Aberdeen

What is a Sling Library?

Babywearing is a practice that flourishes in the context of the real life social meet up. With most babywearing retailers operating online, and with the fabric feel and construction such an important element in considering a purchase, opportunities to touch and try out different fabric blends in one space are truly valued. The opportunity to try a variety of styles of carrier, with support from experienced or professional babywearers, allows the chance to explore and to practice with guidance and support. Of course there is also the added benefit of being in the company of other people who feel as passionately about carrying as you do!

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The Middle Earth Collection: Smaug

We return to Middle-Earth for this much anticipated new design inspired by the world of Tolkien. Taking our Collection to new depths we embrace the darker side of Middle-Earth with a trip to Smaug’s Lonely Mountain lair …

Smaug The Magnificent

This new addition to our Middle Earth Collection is an original design based on the fearsome dragon, Smaug, who guards the wealth of the Dwarves of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain. Our designer, Mike, worked through some brilliantly terrifying designs before settling on this ferocious creature.

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